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Press Release -- November 16th, 2021
Source: Ericsson

Ericsson partners on 5G Core with SK Telecom to facilitate new mobile services

– Ericsson 5G Core supports SKT network’s 5G service expansion for both non-standalone and standalone services, by enabling the fast introduction of new services for consumers and enterprises  

– Provides fully automated provisioning from infrastructure to cloud layer for more efficient operations

– Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core is deployed on the bare metal solution Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure

NOV 15, 2021
Night time city scape image of Seoul, South Korea.

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) is partnering with Korean communications service provider, SK Telecom, to support 5G Standalone networks through the deployment of cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core on its Cloud Native Infrastructure (CNIS).

With the rapid uptake of 5G subscriptions, communications service providers increasingly require cloud-native applications design, faster time to market and more efficient use of cloud infrastructure.

Ericsson and SK Telecom first unveiled next-generation cloud-native 5G Core networks technology, architecture, implementation and operations plans in March, 2019. This latest cooperation builds on this partnership.

Park Jong-kwan, VP and Head of Infra Tech, SK Telecom, says: “With this achievement, cloud-native and 5G will bring many new services, faster, to a broad range of industries. SK Telecom will continue to collaborate with industry leaders like Ericsson on cutting edge technologies that provide the best customer experience.”

Monica Zethzon, Head of Solution Area Packet Core, Ericsson, says: “Korea is a leading 5G telecom market and together we achieved another great milestone with SK Telecom enabling 5G Standalone networks.. Standalone 5G will bring faster connectivity speeds, ultra-low latency and improved network reliability. Our powerful dual-mode 5G Core solution supports an ecosystem for innovation that facilitates customized 5G services for consumers and business users globally.”

Ericsson’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core combines evolved packet core (EPC) and 5G Core network functions into a common cloud-native platform for efficient total cost of ownership and smooth migration to 5G. It is an evolution of a powerful virtualized portfolio, designed for cloud-native deployment, comprising Ericsson Cloud Packet Core products.

Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure, a container on bare metal cloud infrastructure solution, makes network deployments and operations simpler.

By removing the virtualization layer from the cloud stack it is possible to achieve greater efficiency and improved automation and performance. The solution is scalable across central and edge locations, supporting a vast number of 5G services and use cases. The integrated Kubernetes platform, Ericsson Cloud Container Distribution, is certified by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Ericsson and SK Telecom have had a close and strong 5G cooperation for many years. Ericsson has also provided SK Telecom with 5G radio access network (RAN) equipment and network management system for their commercial 5G network rollout.



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